Colors have both mental and emotional effects on people. It is a known fact that the environment and your immediate surroundings have a great impact on your state of mind and moods. If you are in a space where you feel very energetic and full of life, chances are that the colors around you are influencing your mood.
There are many studies and experiments associated with colors, as they tend to affect both our mental and physical state. There are two categories of colors that we can talk about – warm colors and cool colors. The warm colors include red, orange, and yellow. These colors generate emotions such as anger, hostility, comfort or warmth. Then there are the cool colors that induce feelings of calmness or sadness. These colors include blue, purple or green.
With colors influencing both our mind and body in a big way, it is necessary to pay special attention to colors when decorating your house or buying an artifact. Home décor is strongly associated with aesthetics – your space needs to be charming and attractive. This can even be achieved through colors. However, the focus, when you are painting your walls is directly connected to the functionality of the room. You wouldn’t want your reading/unwinding room to spark energy but rather would like the surroundings to make you feel calm and relaxed.
So once you have highlighted the dominant function of that particular space, you need to pick and choose the color accordingly. Through research, some psychologists have established that since colors have a deep impact on our state of mind, it influences and motivates us to engage in specific activities as well. Let’s take the reading/unwinding room for example - we generally prefer a quiet, calm and a peaceful space so we can uninterruptedly focus on reading. So if the colors around us instead spark energy or excitement, we will be distracted.
Let's know more about the colors and different moods:
Red sparks energy, anger, love and lust. It is considered to be one of the most intense colors. Red is mostly used in a living room space or a dining space because it creates a sense of excitement amongst a group of people and stimulates conversation.
However, it’s unhealthy, if used in a private space such as bedrooms, since the color tends to raise the blood pressure level, speed heart rate, and respiration.
Yellow is also strongly associated with energy, happiness and at the same time has negative connotations. It radiates happiness since it spontaneously gets connected with the sunshine. However, even though it is a ‘happy’ ‘cheerful’ color, it is said to be emotionally unhealthy if used as the main color scheme. Using bright yellow makes people very temperamental and churns out emotions such as frustration and anger more easily. If you have noticed, yellow is used as warning signs and cabs.
It is a great choice for dining halls or washrooms or even kitchens. When added to small spaces it makes the place feel quite expensive.
In ancient cultures, this color was said to increase energy levels and heal the lungs. Since orange is a part of the ‘warm’ family, it represents energy and fun. It sparks feelings of enthusiasm and excitement. It is an excellent choice for fitness rooms. This color helps in churning out all the feelings that need to be released during the exercise regime. Orange is stimulating and it has an influence on both physical and the emotional level.
Blue is considered to be one of the most relaxing and calming colors of the ‘cool’ family. The lighter and subtle shades of blue evoke feelings of relaxation and peace however when the darker shades are used it creates the feeling of sadness. Blue also encourages the feeling of safety.
Mostly blue is used in washrooms and bedrooms. It could be used in living/family rooms when you want a relaxed environment.
Green represents nature, environment, and outdoors - is considered to be one of the most balanced colors. It is very restful for the eye and is said to be ‘de-stressful’. It helps people relax. Green is the most balanced color can be used in any room as it easily connects to the different functions associated with the room.
When used in the kitchen it calms things down. In a living space, it evokes feelings of comfort and togetherness.
Purple is rich, royal, luxurious and romantic. It also represents creativity and mystery. While the softer shades of purple remind one of spring and romance, especially a shade of lavender or lilac. The darker shades reflect more mystery and are associated with creativity. The lighter shades of purple are used in bedrooms as it makes the surroundings look very restful and romantic.
Black is seen in both positive and negative light. It represents power, excellence, sophistication, formality, seriousness, death and evil. This color is also associated with fear. Since this color is associated with seriousness, excellence, and power.
In homes, black functions as an accent by using in small quantity.
GREY, BROWN: NEUTRAL
Many offices use a lot of greys and browns for their home décor. Grey and brown are considered to be effective in increasing productivity. However, this is not true for all offices or corporates.
Though these are the main attributes associated with every color, it is not a rule of the thumb. Every individual has very different emotions attached to different colors. Color psychology is still a fascinating subject when it comes to its profound impact on our mind and body. However, because of its complex, individualistic nature and cultural differences, many questions are still left unanswered.